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Friday, March 10, 2006

The Challenge of the Unreached World

According to missionfrontiers.org, Christians give about 1.7% ($213B) of their income to Christian causes (like their church). Of that 1.7%, only 5.4% ($11.4B) is given to foreign missions. (Amazing: the *entire* annual global missions budget funding 250,000 missionaries is just 1/4 of Bill Gates' fortune!) Of that 5.4%, 87% goes to missions among Christians, 12% goes for work among already evangelized non-Christians, and only 1% goes for work among the unreached or unevangelized people of the world. That means that just 5.4% of 1.7% (0.0918%) of Christians' money goes to missions, and that just 1% of *that* (0.000918%) goes to missions among the unreached.

Followup: a friend pointed out that perhaps the main reason so few resources go to the Unreached world is that it is so hard to go there. Let us respond by making it easier for those who are willing to (and can) go, primarily by "praying[ing] earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest." (Matthew 9:38)
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